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June 3, 2016
Contact: Shelley Dawicki

Sandy Hook Lab Open House Attracts 2,500

Ocean Fun Days at Sandy Hook and Island Beach State Park

There were lots of smiles on the faces of both visitors and staff at the James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory May 22, as an estimated 2,500 visitors enjoyed learning about the research underway at the facility.

Despite the gray and rainy day, staff kept busy answering questions and explaining some of the many research activities that take place in local waters.

Exhibits and hands-on activities for visitors of all ages related to the coastal environment and the science of the shoreline, all part of the annual Ocean Fun Days celebration at Sandy Hook and at Island Beach State Park in Berkeley Township, New Jersey, where coastal and energy-themed activities took place on May 21. NOAA was well represented at Island Beach State Park and had lots of handouts for the public and for teachers. Staff from the Northeast Fisheries Observer Program were also on hand both days to answer questions and share what they do with visitors.

World Fish Migration Day, officially celebrated around the world May 21, was acknowledged at the Sandy Hook Lab Open House May 22 in a display featuring tanks with river herring and hickory shad and information about the event as well as local research activities.

Ocean Fun Days is sponsored by New Jersey Natural Gas in partnership with New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, NOAA, New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection and Division of Parks and Forestry, and the Asbury Park Press.

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